Journal Article

Research note. An evaluation of motivational interviewing as a method of intervention with clients in a probation setting

R Harper and S Hardy

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 30, issue 3, pages 393-400
Published in print June 2000 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online June 2000 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/30.3.393
Research note. An evaluation of motivational interviewing as a method of intervention with clients in a probation setting

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There have been increasing calls on the probation service to demonstrate effectiveness with the recent Evidence Based Practice guide (Home Office, 1998) explicitly citing evaluative research as a means of achieving this. This article describes the quantitative part of a research project undertaken within Middlesex Probation Service to evaluate the introduction of motivational interviewing as a technique to aid probation officers in their assessment and supervision of offenders who misuse alcohol and drugs. Results suggest that, irrespective of stratification, all offenders indicated an improvement in their questionnaire scores during their contact with the probation service. However, there were more statistically significant improvements in the attitudinal scales amongst offenders whose officers were trained in the technique compared to officers who were not trained in motivational interviewing.

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Subjects: Social Work

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